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Expect your senses of sight, hearing, and smell to be engaged at “Not by Bread Alone.” Senses play a big part in the performance by Tel Aviv’s Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble. Eleven deaf-blind actors use sign, movement, and spoken word to communicate as they bake bread on a fully-lit stage, inviting the audience to understand their silent inner worlds in new ways. The show is presented by ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage. April 1, 7:30 p.m. Through April 6. $25-$79. Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage,
559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

MONDAY

Leading with poetry It’s a Monday night/ Start of the week, poems will help/ Listen to our leaders. Enough with the bad haiku, to hear poems that are much better, go to An Evening of Inspired Leadership. Massachusetts notables including Governor Deval Patrick, poet Robert Pinsky, “Here & Now” host Robin Young, “Only a Game” host Bill Littlefield, and Discover Roxbury director Derek Lumpkins read to benefit Mass Poetry. March 31, 7 p.m. Suggested minimum donation $25, high school students free. Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. www.masspoetry.org

Science nation The Science on Screen series at the Coolidge goes national, as 17 independent theaters across the country simultaneously present a science-related movie/speaker pairing. In Brookline, it’s Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” starring Kirk Douglas as a French WWI commander. Experimental psychologist Steven Pinker provides the insight and commentary. March 31, 7 p.m. $11, $9 students and seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500, www.coolidge.org

Dance dream The documentary “Only When I Dance” tells the story of two black teens from a favela in Brazil seeking to escape their difficult lives by becoming world-class dancers. One of them, Irlan Silva, currently dances for Boston Ballet. “Greater Boston” reporter Jared Bowen interviews him after the screening presented by Belmont World Film. March 31, 7:30 p.m. $11, $9 students and seniors. Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont. 617-484-3980, www.belmontworldfilm.org

The best burgers Phantom Gourmet has already declared Fuddrucker’s and Boston Burger Company to be superior burger purveyors, but which is best? The Phantom Gourmet’s Burger Throwdown, hosted by
the Andelman brothers, determines the answer. Dueling piano performances follow the dueling burgers. March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20. 21+. Howl at the Moon, 184 High St., Boston. www.aceticket.com/phantom-gourmet-tickets

TED tussle There are only two speaker placements left for TEDxFenway: GRIT, to be held in late April, and the finalists for the slots are auditioning publicly. They’ll present eight-minute talks on their gritty ideas at PreXFenway, and a panel of judges decide the winners. March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Gardner Museum, Calderwood Hall, 280 The Fenway, Boston.
www.eventbrite.com/e/prexfenway-grit-live-auditions-tickets-10742899301

TUESDAY

Break out in a ’stache Some volunteers have been cultivating their facial hair for weeks, in preparation for the annual Mustachio Bashio. Guests enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while NESN’s Jenny Johnson picks the best mustaches. Mustachioed people of all genders are eligible for prizes, and it’s all for a good cause, Community Servings and its food and nutrition programming. April 1, 6-9 p.m. $50. City Table, Lenox Hotel, 61 Exeter St., Boston. www.servings.org/event/mustachio